The Differences in Competencies Between Adn and Bsn Prepared Nurses

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Running head: THE DIFFERENCES IN COMPETENCIES BETWEEN ADN AND BS

The Differences in Competencies between ADN and BSN prepared Nurses
Grand Canyon University

The Differences in Competencies between ADN and BSN prepared Nurses

There are three routes to entry level nursing, and two of these routes are at a collegiate level. Both of these collegiate level programs provide enough information for the graduate to take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. However, there are critical differences between both programs that researchers have discovered eventually affect nursing care and outcomes of patients.
Baccalaureate nursing (BSN) programs educate graduates that are prepared to obtain beginning leadership positions in various healthcare
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The additional course work enhances the student’s professional development, prepares the new nurse for a broader scope of practice, and provides the nurse with a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence health care delivery.” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2012, p. 1)
‘Research has shown that lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and positive outcomes are all linked to nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels.’ [AACN], 2012, ¶ 1) In 2011, one research study published as, Nurse specialty certification, inpatient mortality, and failure to rescue, found that “a 10% increase in hospital proportion of baccalaureate and certified baccalaureate staff nurses, respectively, decreased the odds of adjusted inpatient 30-day mortality by 6% and 2%.” (Kendall-Gallagher, Aiken, Sloane, & Cimiotti, 2011, p. 188) These findings along with other research findings conclude that the competencies between ADN and BSN prepared nurses are different and these differences can greatly affect the outcome of nursing care at the bedside.
Baccalaureate nursing practice incorporates the roles of assessing, critical thinking, communicating, providing care, teaching, and leading. (Grand Canyon University College of Nursing [GCUCN], 2011, p. 2) A nurse providing
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